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Meta Set to Block News Content Access for Canadian Users on Facebook and Instagram

In response to new legislation, Meta Platforms has begun the process to eliminate news access for all Canadian users on Facebook and Instagram.

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Meta's Stand Against New Canadian Legislation

Meta Platforms announced on Tuesday its move to cut off news access for all Facebook (NASDAQ: META) and Instagram users based in Canada. This bold initiative is a direct response to recent legislation passed by the Canadian parliament.

Impact on Tech Giants

The legislation in question would compel tech giants such as Google's parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Meta to negotiate commercial contracts and financially compensate Canadian news publishers for their content.

Global Trend in Tech Regulation

Interestingly, this legislation isn't exclusive to Canada. It forms part of a more significant global trend aimed at forcing technology companies to pay for news.

Meta's Response to Legislation

Defending Meta's decision, spokesperson Andy Stone expressed dissatisfaction with the new legislation, criticizing its base principles. "As we've always said, the law is based on a fundamentally flawed premise. And, regrettably, the only way we can reasonably comply is to end news availability in Canada," Stone declared on X social media platform, previously known as Twitter.